Rotary District 5370 Update
December 20, 2020

In this issue:

Upcoming Rotary International, District and club events and announcements: DG Jim’s video message for December; District 5370 Fall Club Learning Series; dates for President-Elect training (Date change); Rotary Youth Advisors needed; Holiday message from ShelterBox Canada; District Office closed; and a pandemic-inspired video for Rotarians.

Club fundraisers: Cars for Christmas Lottery (Grande Prairie--Swan City); Edmonton Riverview and Edmonton West Hot Sauce Sales; and Rotary Club of Edmonton Urban Spirits cookbook.

A Foundation Moment: Rotary’s Areas of Focus (Part 1 of 2)

Membership Matters: Celebrate when you get a new member 

Deadline for submissions for the January 3 issue of the District 5370 CONNECTIONS is noon on Wednesday, December 29. Send your submission to

What is your club doing for the holidays?

At this time of year, Rotarians usually gather to celebrate the holiday season. This year, things will be different. There will no parties or holiday gatherings. But that doesn’t mean that the desire to make fellowship part of the Rotary experience has gone away. We would like to hear what clubs are doing so that members can share the spirit of the season with other Rotarians and family members. Submit a description of what your club is doing to celebrate the holidays “together while apart” to Include photos. We will combine what we receive to create a mosaic of fellowship across our District. 


December's message from DG Jim Ferguson, featuring polio survivor and Rotarian Ramesh Ferris (RC of Whitehorse Rendezvous). December's theme: Disease Prevention and Treatment

Click here to view video.


Read an interview with Ramesh from the Forbes blog: A Tale Of Two Crises And The Solutions That Bind Them: Wild Polio And COVID-19


Ticket sales end December 20



Celebrate when you get a new member 

“You have to make potential members feel wanted,” Rotarian Tom Gump says. “Our club makes a poster of the individuals after they’ve been voted in, and we put it in the front of the room at our next meeting. They love it. Some ask if they can take the poster home. One wanted to mail it to his mother.” 

While celebrating new members, don’t forget that clubs also stay strong by retaining current members. If you ensure that they are having a good experience and realizing the full value of their membership, the club’s current members will be proud to invite a guest to a meeting — and those guests will want to join an attractive and welcoming club.

Source: Step right up: in Rotary’s membership game, everyone’s a winner by Geoffrey Johnson(originally published in The Rotarian, August 2018)


Holiday message from ShelterBox Canada

“I’ll be home for Xmas”

Such a heartwarming phrase, but what if you have no home because of conflict or natural disaster? In the last two months alone, more than three million families have been displaced in the Philippines and Honduras due to extreme winds destroying their homes. In response, ShelterBox has committed all of the aid on standby in Panama and the Philippines to reach 10,000 families. As ShelterBox responds it needs help to restock its warehouses to be able to respond to the inevitable next disaster.  

 Please consider contributing to ShelterboxCanada:

• As an individual, give a gift in someone’s name to ShelterboxCanada for those in need. See District 5370 individual Rotarians Stock-a-Box campaign.
• As a club, contribute $1,200 now to be a Shelterbox Hero Rotary Club in 2020-21.  (Let’s increase from 40 per cent last year to 50 per cent the number of District 5370 clubs who support ShelterBox Canada.)
• Commit to undertaking a small fundraising campaign for ShelterBox. Check out these fundraising ideas

Please help ensure everyone has a safe shelter they can turn into a home in the new year.  

Seasons’ Greetings,

Bernie Kreiner (RC of Hinton), ShelterBox Canada ambassador in D5370

Email ( or call (780-865-9355) if you want a club presentation.


Dates for President-Elect training

The Learning and Development Committee has scheduled five one-hour training sessions for 2020-2021 presidents-elect:

Tuesday January 19, 2021          5:00 p.m. MST Click Here

Tuesday February 9, 2021          7:00 p.m. MST Click Here

Tuesday March 9, 2021              7:00 p.m. MST Click Here

Tuesday April 13, 2021               7:00 p.m. MST Click Here

Tuesday May 11, 2021                7:00 p.m. MST Click Here

More information available soon


The four one-hour Virtual Club Learning events held in November and December were recorded. Click on the program title to attend the sessions you may have missed.  

Membership Engagement: Together is Better 

Hosted by Tracey Vavrek, Past District Governor 

Virtual Fundraising: What Clubs Need to Know 

Hosted by John Nicoll, District Governor Nominee

The Rotary Foundation: The Heart of Rotary

Hosted by Tim Schilds, Past District Governor and Chair of the District 5370 Foundation Committee

Rotary Service: Sharing Successes during COVID-19

Hosted by Jim Ferguson, District Governor and Donna Barrett, District Governor-Elect


The early registration discount for the June 12-16, 2021 Rotary International Convention in Taipei, Taiwan has been extended to February 15, 2021:

Rotarians, US$365; Rotarians and guests under 30, US$120, and guests aged 5 to18, US$10.

Watch the official convention video



District Office closed

Due to new pandemic-related restrictions introduced by the Alberta governments, including a work-from-home mandate, the Rotary District 5370 is closed, but is still operational and available by phone (780-482-5370) and email (


A pandemic-inspired video for Rotarians.

Club presidents are encouraged to show this 26-minute video as one of their club’s programs. It highlights Rotary's long-term efforts in polio eradication, describes and is an example of how to run a virtual/in-person meeting, and speaks about the pandemic. 

The video kicks off with a live, Virtual/In-Person (V/IP) meeting of a Rotary club showing how and why you can easily host V/IP meetings to keep your club connected and healthy, now and in the future. The club meeting then features world-renowned speakers Zooming in, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, RI President Holger Knack, PRIP Cliff Dochterman, General Secretary and CEO John Hewko, and leaders from the Gates Foundation, World Health Organization; GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance; Yale; and others, who answer two questions:

How can Rotarians save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic?

How can this crisis stimulate an evolved, even more impactful Rotary?


Looking for a great stocking stuffer? Want to do good for the holidays? Good news, you can do both with our cookbook!

Help the Rotary Club of Edmonton Urban Spirits raise funds for all the great local and international projects we support and discover 44 recipes from all over the world, some of which have been passed down in families for generations.

Get cooking for a good cause! Grab your copies here for only $20. 


Rotarian youth advisors needed for RYLE (Rotary Youth Leadership Experience) and RYPEN (Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment)and RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).  

Are you interested in mentoring Rotaractors, who will create leadership and growth opportunities for high school students? We are seeking Rotarians to empower and support the RYLE, RYPEN and RYLA teams. Rotarian Youth Advisors will join the committees of these programs and assist the planning of the programs by guiding and sharing their experiences. 

The reward? Watching these dynamic young Rotarians succeed and promote future Rotaractors, Interactors and Rotarians. A Vulnerable Persons Records Check is required.  

Please send an email to to express interest or to pose any questions.


The Cars for Christmas Lottery (Rotary Club of Grande Prairie-Swan City) is here for your last-minute gifting needs. Our contactless gifting options allow online ordering delivery by email on the date of your choosing. No need to visit busy stores, deal with long delivery times or hand-deliver gifts. Tickets are received within 20 minutes of placing your order, unless otherwise scheduled, and you could be gifting a new car, truck, ATV or cash!  

Check out our Christmas Cash Lottery where you can win half the jackpot. Current jackpot total is over $215,000. 

12 days of Christmas Lottery tickets are also available — 12 amazing prize packages valued at over $80,000.

Your ticket purchase will not only support 13 non-profit groups who need your support more than ever but will also benefit a variety of local and community-minded businesses in our region. Buy local and help us help our community!

To order visit , phone 780-532-0506.

Final cutoff:  December 30, 2020


Buy Hot Sauce from Belize to support literacy initiatives in Belize

Check out this Rotary Hot Sauce jingle, written and performed by Canadian singer/songwriter Danny Michel to encourage the purchase Hot Sauce from Belize to support literacy initiatives in Belize

As the weather turns cold, here’s your opportunity to bring the Belizean Heat!

To support literacy initiatives in Belize, Rotary Clubs of Edmonton Riverview and Edmonton West have teamed up for a unique and deliciously spicy fundraiser: Marie Sharp’s award-winning hot sauces (plus jams, spreads, chutneys, jellies, salsas, juices and seasonings).  

Orders are delivered directly to your address and shipping is free on orders over $99. 

Click here to discover a variety of options and gift packs. Sales end December 31.


Regarding Raffles Sponsored by Alberta-Based Rotary Clubs

Due to provincial regulations, only Alberta residents, aged 18+ may purchase raffle tickets.


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